Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Six Months Later

It's been half a year since Quest's mysterious lameness was diagnosed as a RF suspensory injury. The journey so far was a rollercoaster ride of emotions but the overwhelming stress I felt at the beginning has gone down to something more emotionally manageable over time.

The blog has been quiet lately but much has been going on behind the scenes. After the vet's suggestion to let her rest in pasture for a month back in mid-June, I decided to extend the time by 2 more months since 24/7 full turnout access would slow healing/recovery period and push back when we began the "active" rehabilitation phase. In our case, the decision to give Quest the extra time off was the right one. This past weekend I palpated LF and RF legs and didn't note any difference in reaction. The cooler autumn weather was also giving her that extra pep in her step and Quest was sound sound sound.

Most rehabilitation plans reintroduce undertack walking at 3 months after injury and as the half year mark loomed closer and closer, I kept a watchful eye on her progress to determine our next course of action...not wanting to jeopardize our hard won progress by rushing forward with too much too soon. Fate is rather funny though. As if to answer any doubt about the mareface's ability to  handle a undertack walking rehab workload, the questions were dashed in the next instant.

I had only just put Quest back out in pasture when she first picked up a trot then suddenly began to full out GALLOP through the pasture like a wild hooligan. The entire galloping herd then suddenly appeared from the lower pasture. Quest joined up with them and they all thundered up and down the hills while I stood watching by the paddock gate trying not to have a heart attack. Thankfully the herd soon came to a stop by the upper paddock and I was able to observe Quest move afterwards. No head bobbing. I let out a sigh of relief.

Near heart attack aside, being able to see firsthand her moving that freely did my soul much good though and I finally allowed myself to feel a sliver of hope that hid itself away for many months.

She became fast friends with Duck. That hay belly though lol

After 3 months of pasture, Quest is definitely on the rounder side...but nothing that slow steady tack walking won't cure though. I'm happy, still cautious, but happy. We're a long way from where we were before but hopefully things are on the upswing. Fingers crossed for continued improvement!

12 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed the next 6 months is just as successful

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    1. Crossing every digit that she stays out of trouble!

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  2. I actually love seeing horses gallop around... just not my own,ever. It's super nerve wracking, especially when there is a somewhat recent injury. Sounds like you have a great plan and things are going as they should! Sending good vibes for continued progress :)

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    1. I really DID NOT need the extra dose of anxiety ugh lol but agreed, it really is a sight to behold. And thank you, we need all the good vibes!

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  3. Many fingers crossed! She looks great to me!

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    1. Thanks <3 I'm hoping she stays sound, so stressful lol

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  4. Fingers and toes crossed! So glad she's doing so well!

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  5. Galloping horses make my heart sing. I'm glad she is progressing nicely. The fall weather makes for great trail riding at any pace. Enjoy yourself!

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    1. I'm so glad too and you read my mind haha Once she builds up enough rehab minutes, the plan is to graduate from pavement to the trails.

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  6. Glad to hear she's done so well with recovery! Next year is a whole new year :)

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    1. That's exactly right! Hopefully this time next year we'll be back to picking up mileage on the trails

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